But then I started getting worried. Worried that I was teaching him wrong. Worried that he'd learn bad habits, or wouldn't learn to read the right way.
So I started hunting around for early reading curriculum but could not decide what to choose. Beyond the thousands of options that are out there, I didn't want it to be too complicated (for me to teach!). And I didn't want to spend a ton of money in case we didn't like it, or it wasn't suitable, or I admit, in case I got frustrated and bailed out.
Then a dear friend (I wish I could tag her here, but she's not a blogger) recommended "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons." Clear easy lessons all in one book. Each lesson 20 minutes long. No flashcards. No booklets. No tricky wording. Just 100 easy lessons to reading at a 2nd grade level. And all at the bargain price of $13.95? Wow.
It sounded perfect. Like just what I was looking for. In fact, it sounded too good to be true.
Like. A. Pro.
I had really been dragging my feet about this homeschooling business. Convinced I would fail. Certain I wouldn't like it. Assured that it'd be like pulling teeth---for both of us.
Yes, I really felt worried about all those things. And admittedly, I still do. BUT!!!!!! my 4 year old can read! And by God's grace, I taught him!!
Yesterday he read a story that was 9 complete sentences long. Amazing!
I'm so thankful for finally feeling like this is something I can do. Thankful that when I was completely unsure of myself, God sent people, friends, parents, into my life to encourage and support me. And so very thankful that my son can read.